Blind Summit's

The Table

January 14 - 25, 2015

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

A World's Stage production from England
devised and directed by
Blind Summit Theatre

    A really terrific show… not to be missed!

Chicago Tribune

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The Play

Chicago Shakespeare Theater takes a leading role in the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, presenting the return engagement Blind Summit’s The Table—the widely acclaimed production that played to sold-out houses last fall. Come meet Moses—a cantankerous puppet with a cardboard head immersed in an existential crisis on a table. Intended to be a theatrical interpretation of the biblical story of Moses, The Table is performed by a grizzled, crotchety old man—but the grumpy puppet narrator strays far from the planned storyline. Blind Summit, theatrical innovators who have created puppetry for Anthony Minghella, Complicité and Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony, presents epic puppetry drawing on the Japanese Bunraku style. Hilarious, beautiful and occasionally profound, it is performed completely on the table top with multiple, visible puppeteers who improvise and interact with each other and the audience. Blind Summit’s remarkable artists breathe poignant life into the character, revealing something of ourselves in the cardboard, wood and fabric creation onstage. As part of the development of a new work, Blind Summit will also showcase a work in progress exclusively for Chicago audiences on Fridays and Saturdays during the festival.



Video: Meet Moses, the star of The Table

Gallery: Blind Summit’s The Table


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Critical Acclaim

Read what local and international critics have to say about this extraordinary World’s Stage production returning to CST.
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Director’s Note

The existential inquiry into the nature of man and of God seemed to be a very suitable one for exploring with a puppet and three puppeteers.
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Japanese Style Adult Puppetry

For those who think all puppets are cute, furry and just for kids, Blind Summit offers a radical new look at the art form you grew up with.
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